Flash Movie Review: Prom Night in Mississippi

A grocery store is the perfect example to show you. Within the store the aisles are broken down into categories. As you walk down let us say aisle 3 you find boxes of cereal, each with its own colorful markings to entice you like proud fan-tailed peacocks. Those boxes are grouped together by manufacturers; however, if you keep pushing your cart down the aisle you will find boxes of cereal that have different packaging but the contents are similar to the first group of cereals you passed. You see each box has something in common; except for a slight difference in its properties, every kind of cereal starts out with some type of grain. After the grain is chosen a variety of ingredients are mixed in with the grains. Depending on the amounts, the cooking time and the molds; the cereals will have varying degrees of sweetness, color, shape and texture. Despite these differences all cereals (Yes, I know I am being kind here) provide the same thing: nourishment. It is the same way I think of human beings. Our outer surfaces may vary from person to person, but our insides come with the same common organs such as lungs, liver and heart; though I have come across some individuals where I questioned if they really had a heart. All I am saying is our bodies are simply rented vehicles to keep our true essence contained within us. To judge someone solely based on what they look like is at the very least abhorrently repugnant to me.    BACK in 1997 actor Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight franchise, The Bucket List) made an offer to the Charleston, Mississippi school board; he would pay all the expenses if the board agreed to have only one prom for the high school seniors. Up until that time the high school held 2 proms, one for its white students and one for the black students. The school board turned Morgan down. In 2008 Morgan, who grew up in Charleston, returned to town to present his offer again. This film festival winning documentary showed what happened when Morgan met with the school board about his proposal. Maybe I am naive but I was stunned while watching this film. I know the world is filled with discrimination; but to see it at the school level, a place of higher learning, was startling for me. Incorporating interviews with the parents, students and officials helped to keep the story moving forward in an important way. I not only felt this movie was worth watching, I also enjoyed being reminded of my own prom; the difference being I did not have to dress up in a tuxedo.


3 stars — DVD


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 17, 2014, in Documentary and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Theatre of Pain

    I’m reminded of a woman I know that spends most of her time judging other people that she doesn’t know. I used to go out with her and her husband for dinners but had to stop because she would sit there and make comments about the people around us nearly the entire time we were at the restaurant. Sometimes it was about the way they looked, their dress, their weight, their makeup or hairstyle but it was almost always negative. I let her know that I didn’t like her attitude once and she spent the rest of the meal sulking. It was the last time that I ever saw her and though she still lives nearby, I’m glad she is no longer part of my life.

    • Congratulations for moving away from what sounds like a toxic person. One has to wonder what happened in their life to plant and feed the hate inside of them. Thanks for sharing your story and I hope you get to see this film.

  2. Shery Alexander Heinis

    I saw this movie and event though I’ve read about and heard anecdotes about racial discrimination in the US, I was stunned at this. I felt very fortunate to have been born and raised in a small island in the Caribbean. However, it did reinforce something I had already learned about (relatively) small communities and how difficult it is to change them – they tend to be very closed off and so certain values (whether negative or positive) are passed on from generation to generation.

    • So true; this is why I think a harder push for education is so important. We claim this is a modern progressive world, but there are still pockets of closed mindedness and judgements. Thank you for stopping by to leave your beautiful comments.

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